Pubdate: Fri, 07 Apr 2000
Source: Edmonton Sun (CN AB)
Copyright: 2000, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Contact:  #250, 4990-92 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6B 3A1 Canada
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Author: J. Marling
Comment: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor; headline by newshawk


I am a raver. I'd like to tell you that raves aren't all about drugs.
They are about meeting new people, having fun and expressing yourself.
I have been in bars and since I've been to raves I haven't stepped
foot in a bar. They just aren't safe. They don't have many security
guards, they don't search people and they don't care for the patrons.
At my favourite after-hours club, Therapy, they truly care for you.
They have very elaborate searches to check for drugs and weapons. They
take everyone's ID and take a picture of it; everyone must be at least
16 to get in. I have seen them turn people away if they aren't of the
required age or if they do not have ID.

Furthermore, no alcohol is served at these events. Also, they have
security cameras throughout the club and each security guard has an
earpiece so they can communicate with each other. The bars that I have
seen do not have any of these to provide a safe environment. It's like
a culture. Everyone you meet is friendly and caring. not like in a bar
with a bunch of drunk, out-of-control people.

I'd hate to see a great thing like a rave be shut down because of a
few irresponsible kids.  What about all the drunk drivers who come
home from bars and end up killing innocent people because of their
ignorance? When writing your articles about raves, talk to the ravers
to get both sides of the story. The good and the bad. Since I have
been raving I have seen the scene take only bad hits about drugs on
the news and in the papers. Not once have I seen anyone in the media
say a good thing about raves.

J. Marling

(You make bars out to be dungeons full of idiots. That's hardly fair.)
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